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December 30, 2013
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Seventeen young people trained in animation

Seventeen young people from communities in Kingston and St Andrew and St James have been equipped with skills in animation.

This was under a $9 million training project undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) in collaboration with Reel Rock GSW Animation Limited, the Professional Development Institute (PDI), Girls' Town, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Western Campus.

The PDI contributed $3 million to the training course, which was undertaken over six months.

The beneficiaries, ages 17 to 35, received certificates of achievement in basic animation at a graduation function held on December 18, at Fellowship Tabernacle in Kingston.

Managing Director of JSIF Scarlette Gillings, in her remarks at the function, commended the graduates for completing the training.

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"You will now be afforded options for employment or for furthering your (studies)," she stated.

The training course, which came under JSIF's Alternative Livelihoods and Skills Development Animation Project, benefited 15 youths in the Inner City Basic Services Project (ICBSP) communities in Kingston and St Andrew, who studied at the PDI in Kingston.

The remaining two are from Flankers in St James, who studied at the UWI Western Campus. They have been provided with scholarships and are attending the CARIMAC Animation course, which started on August 26 at the campus.

The training project used an integrated approach which involved the establishment of an animation studio and training participants in animation production. This form of training will equip the students with skills in a short time with the opportunity for quick employment in the animation industry.

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